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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Five Affordable Alternatives to Enjoying the All-Star Festivities

Photo provided by Nedra McDaniel of Adventure Mom Blog

The All-Star events are well underway and the big game takes place tonight. Those who weren't lucky enough to get tickets to the sold-out game or found it too expensive can still enjoy some all-star fun at a family-friendly price. 

Here are Five Affordable Alternatives to Enjoying the All-Star Festivities:

1. Bellevue All-Star Celebration
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the big game at Bellevue Beach Park on the big screen. The celebration starts at 5 pm with a DJ, games, speed pitch, a giant slip-n-slide, concession stands, crafts, a photo station, giveaways and much more. All of the activities are free. Concessions will be available for $2 or less. The game will be aired on a large television. It is expected to start at 7:30 p.m. Organizers suggest bringing an umbrella in case of rain, although there will be plenty of tents, and a towel and bathing suit for the slip-n-slide. 

Fountain Square will host lives bands  including the Kelly Richey Band at 3 pm, Boaku & the Image Afro Beat Band at 4:30 and Leroy Ellington at 6 pm. The MLB viewing party will start at game time. Concessions will be available on the Square.

3. The Weekend of Stars
Newport on the Levee is hosting free live music on Riverfront Plaza, beer booths, sports memorabilia and free street performer entertainment from 5-9 p.m. DJ Shines will play from 5-7 tonight.

4. All-Star Red Carpet Show
The show, a parade, will feature each of this year's All-Stars traveling in Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado vehicles. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. today and is free to the public. It will start at Fifth and Vine streets, travel south on Walnut Street and turn onto Second Street to head to Great American Ball Park via Rosa Parks Street. Cincinnati Reds legend Barry Larkin will be the grand marshal. Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Gapper and Mr. Red are expected to interact with the crowd.

There are 20 commemorative handlebar mustaches throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, similar to how the city has done the pig statues in the past. The Cincinnati Red's became the first professional American baseball team in 1869. The mustaches are a tribute to the times. Read Adventure Mom's post to finding all the mustaches.

Photo provided by Nedra McDaniel of Adventure Mom Blog

As a bonus, while you are out finding the mustaches or after the parade, stop by Smale Riverfront Park. It's right by all the festivities in Cincinnati. The park boasts several water features, an extremely interactive playground including a piano that plays when you step on it (think the movie Big), a water table, a labyrinth (similar to a maze) and fireman poles, a carousal, a garden and so much more.

Tip: Parking can be expensive and difficult to find in Cincinnati. Consider parking in Covington or Newport and walking over the bridge. Be sure to stop by The Weekend of the Stars if you park in Newport.

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